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Broncos-Raiders remain classic NFL rivalry

The players, coaches and owners have changed through the years, but this is still the rivalry for the Broncos.

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Good morning, and happy season opener, Broncos Country!

There’s been a lot of talk about rivalries this week.

Based on the response from Sean Payton, all that matters is Sunday’s game is an AFC West game. Technically, he’s right. And since the Denver Broncos haven’t beaten their divisional rivals in six straight games, a win today is much-needed.

Still, it’s the freaking Las Vegas Raiders. I was born to do two things in sports: Love the Denver Broncos and hate the Raiders.

So, yes, for me this is still the rivalry for Denver. And that will never change. There’s just too much history and hatred.

Adam Malnati and I had a great discussion about whether the Broncos and Raiders are still a rivalry on the Broncos Odds & Endzones podcast this week. For both of us, it very much is.

As it is for Mike Shanahan.

As it is for Tom Jackson.

By the way, I’d love for Denver to bring in Jackson to discuss his hatred for the Raiders and give the players and coaches a history lesson on this rivalry.

And not everyone who is a Broncos fan is a University of Colorado fan. But for those who are, it’s always a great day when the Buffs whop Nebraska.

Now Denver needs to take care of the Raiders to cap off this rivalry weekend in Colorado sports.

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